Your annual Eric Chavez is making a comeback story

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Eric Chavez headshot.jpgTulips and crocuses.  Robins. Meaningful college basketball games.  All of these are classic harbingers of spring, but perhaps the surest sign that spring is here is the annual Eric Chavez comeback story. Hark! There it is!

Mike Gallego has a fun challenge this spring: The A’s infield coach has to turn a Gold Glove third baseman into a competent first baseman.  Going from third to first isn’t a snap, as Eric Chavez already has discovered. Gallego has worked with Chavez three days a week since Feb. 1, and it’s coming along slowly . . . If Chavez continues to have good health after his second back surgery,
the plan is that he’ll be a utilityman, playing at third, first, DH and
maybe even at shortstop and the outfield.

I wish I was in A’s camp this week. I’d ask someone from the front office if they’d pick up Chavez’s $12.5 million option for 2011 in the event he makes it as a utilityman.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.